Tour insurers say Kanye West not cooperating with claim

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LOS ANGELES – Syndicates of Lloyd’s of London insurance market filed a countersuit to Kanye West’s claim that he was owed $10 million after canceling his tour last year, saying it found “substantial irregularities” in the rapper’s medical history.

The counterclaim was filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, saying West’s Very Good Touring, Inc. had failed to cooperate in the insurance company’s investigation into the claim for canceled concerts, according to the court documents.

Without going into details, Lloyd’s also noted that its policies exclude any losses caused directly or indirectly by the possession or use of illegal drugs, the impact of prescription drugs not used as prescribed, or the use of alcohol.

The court documents said in order to protect West “from public disclosure of details of his private life,” Lloyd’s would not include specific information it had obtained in relation to the claim. Lloyd’s did say the underwriters’ investigation found “substantial irregularities in Mr. West’s medical history.”

West, 40, sued Lloyd’s, an insurance market housing more than 80 syndicates in London, for nearly $10 million in insurance payouts after he abruptly canceled his Saint Pablo tour in November 2016 with more than 20 shows left.

The musician’s lawsuit, filed in early August, said he was hospitalized with a “serious, debilitating medical condition,” following a week of no-shows, curtailed concerts, and onstage political rants.

West’s lawsuit said Lloyd’s had suggested “they may deny coverage of the claim on the unsupportable contention that use of marijuana by Kanye caused the medical condition.”

In its countersuit, Lloyd’s said West’s company and other representatives “have delayed, hindered, stalled and or refused to provide information both relevant and necessary for Underwriters to complete their investigation of the claim.”

“Underwriters are informed and believe, and thereon these same persons have willfully concealed and or misrepresented relevant facts in an effort to thwart Underwriters’ investigation,” the counterclaim added.

West’s lawyer, Howard E. King, said in a statement on Wednesday that Lloyd’s did not “want to honor a legitimate claim but can’t find a factual basis to deny a claim.”

Lloyd’s is seeking a jury trial. Representatives did not immediately return requests for comment. – Reuters